Overtime goals advance Mountain Vista in state competition

Team set to face off against Valor Christian

Jim Benton
jbenton@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 6/21/21

First it was Dillon Pless and then Cam Brown took charge for the Mountain Vista boys lacrosse team. Pless and Brown scored overtime goals to help the Golden Eagles advance into the state championship …

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Overtime goals advance Mountain Vista in state competition

Team set to face off against Valor Christian

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First it was Dillon Pless and then Cam Brown took charge for the Mountain Vista boys lacrosse team.

Pless and Brown scored overtime goals to help the Golden Eagles advance into the state championship contest.

Mountain Vista (11-1) will face Valor Christian (11-1) for the state title in a 7:30 p.m. game on June 22 at Englewood High School. Valor defeated Regis Jesuit, 10-7, in the semifinals.

Pless was the hero for Vista in a 9-8 win over Fairview on June 17 at Shea Stadium. The Golden Eagles never led in the game until Pless scored early in the overtime after coach Matthew Plitnick called a timeout when the Golden Eagles gained control of the ball in the overtime.

“We wanted to swing the ball and get it to the backside and we knew he would be open,” said Plitnick. “Thank God, he buried it.”

Plitnick pointed to his seniors for the success of his team this season.

“They are all leaders and have been starters since their sophomore years and the moment doesn’t get too big for them,” he continued. “This season is something I really hoped for and the farthest we’ve gone is to the Final Four and we’re trying to take it farther.”

Thanks to Brown, Vista has taken it a step farther to the finals with a 13-12 overtime win over Cherry Creek on June 19 at Englewood High School.

This was a game filled with momentum switches, and Creek had chances in the overtime but two shots sailed wide of the goal. As soon as Vista got control of the ball, a timeout was called.

“We love overtimes,” said Brown who is recovering from a broken leg. “We like to be in that position. If we get in a hole we know we can dig ourselves out.

“We drew up a play, I got the ball, came up and got on the inside of my man. I shot it and didn’t know if it went in but then I heard all the cheers. We were very confident in overtime. As soon as we got the gall we knew it was going to go in.”

Pless was supposed to get the ball but Brown got it instead and scored.

“We were looking for Dillon Pless on that one, our big middie who was shooting the ball well, then it swung around to number 12 who is gutting it out on a broken leg.

“He (Brown) won’t talk about it but we missed him for most of the season because he was hurt. He’s just feeling better and getting his oxygen back but he’s just a warrior for us.”

In a first round game played June 15, Arapahoe downed Lewis-Palmer, 12-6. Cayden Dominiguez, Braydon Boland and Tommy Leonard each scored two goals for the Warriors.

In other quarterfinal games on June 17 other than Vista and Fairview, Valor grabbed a 6-2 halftime lead and eliminated Arapahoe, 8-3, Regis topped Colorado Academy, 9-5, and Cherry Creek used a fourth quarter goal to get past Monarch, 12-11.

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